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League playoffs: Inter-Ac boys’ tourney debuts Friday; GFS hosts Shipley in Friends Schools finals Saturday

Thursday, 14th May 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 5/14/09

    The Inter-Ac League will hold its inaugural post-season boys’ lacrosse championship Friday and next Wednesday at Cabrini College’s Dixon Field.

     The semifinals will begin 5 p.m. Friday and feature No. 1 seed Haverford School (6-2 league) vs. Germantown Academy (2-7), which claimed a 5-4 overtime win Wednesday over Penn Charter in the play-in game. 

    The second game of the doubleheader Friday will pit No. 2 seed Malvern Prep (6-2) and No. 3 seed Episcopal Academy (5-3).

    The finals will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. The tournament was created this year to five Inter-Ac teams a chance at post-season play since they are no longer eligible to play for the state title now that the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) has taken over jurisdiction of boys’ lacrosse.

    “Because we are not a part of the PIAA State Playoffs we did not want our season to end after the regular season,” said Haverford coach John Nostrant, also the school’s athletic director. “We are excited to have our own playoff system, which will feature several of the best teams in Eastern Pennsylvania.” 

    Tickets for the semifinals and finals are $5.00 per day and may be purchased in advance on or at the gate.  Seating at Dixon Field will be limited so it is encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. The event is being run by Pattison Sports Group.

Friends Schools League playoffs

    Germantown Friends School will host Shipley School Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Friends Schools League girls’ finals. Meanwhile, the Friends Schools League boys will hold their semifinals today as No. 1 seed Shipley hosts Friends’ Central at 4 p.m. and No. 2 seed Academy of the New Church hosts Moorestown Friends (NJ) at 4 p.m.

    In the girls’ semifinals Tuesday, Shipley (16-4, 6-1) made a remarkable comeback from a seven-goal deficit with only five-and-half minutes left to play.

    The gators were down, 11-4, and erupted for seven unanswered goals to tie the game with 1:30 to play. The game was tied, 12-12, after one overtime and sophomore Brie Blumenthal won it with 14 seconds left in the second OT period.

    Junior goalie Ali Piltch had 12 saves for Shipley and Brooke Truskey had four goals and one assist while Tara Stokes had three goals and added four assists, Blumenthal added three goals, Avery Safford had two goals, and junior Jill Keeney added one tally. 

Catholic League boys’ playoffs

    The Catholic League playoffs, which also serve as the District 12 playoffs, get underway today for the boys with two games. St. Joseph’s Prep, the top seed in the South Division, hosts South No. 4 Cardinal O’Hara while North No. 2 Archbishop Wood hosts North No. 3 Lansdale Catholic. On Friday, North No. 1 seed la Salle hosts North No. 4 Archbishop Ryan while South No. 2 Archbishop Carroll hosts No. 3 Roman Catholic.

    The semifinals (winners will play teams from opposite divisions) are slated for Tuesday with the finals tentatively set for Thursday as a doubleheader with the girls.


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